The Alzheimers Association invites you to join the fight to end Alzheimers by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimers Sunday, Sept. 29 at Mill Race Center in Columbus. Organizers say that funds raised will support critically needed research, as well as local education and support programs. Onsite registration for the event begins at 12:30 p.m.
On Walk day, participants will learn about Alzheimers disease and dementia, volunteer opportunities, public policy initiatives and local programs and services provided by the Alzheimers Association Greater Indiana Chapter.
Participants will also honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease with Promise Flowers during the Promise Garden Ceremony. The ceremony is meant to be a display of hope to represent the personal reasons participants join the fight against Alzheimers.
It is one thing to hear the sobering statistics on this disease, but the Promise Garden Ceremony is a powerful way to witness the impact in our local community firsthand, said Kyle Davern, Manager, Walk to End Alzheimers Columbus. Many participants will even write a tribute to a loved one on the petals. Its a meaningful way for friends and family to come together in the fight against Alzheimers.
Alzheimers disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. The Alzheimers Association says that more than five million Americans are living with the disease, including 110,000 in Indiana. Approximately 1,300 are living with the disease in Bartholomew County alone. Another 4,000 are serving as unpaid caregivers.
Organizers say that last year’s Walk to End Alzheimers in Columbus raised nearly $87,000. This year, the Greater Indiana Chapter aims to raise $98,000.
Walk to End Alzheimers Columbus is supported by Nationwide Presenting Sponsor Edward Jones and Chapter-wide sponsor Trilogy Health Services, with additional support from Columbus Transitional Care and Rehabilitation and Four Seasons.
You are encouraged to pre-register online for free at alz.org/indiana/walk.